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city in our top story in just a moment. >>> and then the fiery prank that a tv studio that could have caused serious harm to this american magician. the frightening moment and the performer's condition. >> wow, looks bad. ooh. >>> this morning, less than a month now before the big federal fiscal cliff. and we have some details on a war of word between treasury secretary tim geithner and house speaker john boehner. we will also update you on where the negotiations stand. right now by all accounts it is deadlocked right now with the clock continuing to tick down. >> a little testy. a little heated there. >>> and later this half hour, this year's gift wrap champ is here with her expert advice. find out how to wrap the most difficult presents, including a guitar, a candle, which is always difficult around the holidays to give. hope you don't give jenny a candle. >> i will light her fire, but not giving her a candle. you like to wrap. did you learn anything? >> i am horrible at wrapping, but i wanted to learn and get better. so i actually learned some great tips. >> take it to the lovely l
's blowing across the country, hitting big cities and stranding travelers just before christmas. it's friday, december 21st. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good friday morning. i'm sunny hostin in for paula faris. >> no end of the world just yet. >> not yet. >> we're rocking steady up here. it is friday, everybody. 12-21-21. good morning, i'm rob nelson. that storm is blasting a big area from chicago to boston this morning. the latest is coming up in a second. from accuweather the story of the week, in connecticut, that tragedy. and one week after the massacre, how the nation will pause today and remember the victims as the debate over gun violence continues to intensify around the country. another somber occasion in what's been an extraordinarily somber week. >> for me it doesn't even feel like a week. >> no. and you can imagine in newtown, it doesn't feel anything like christmas should feel. just horribly sad. we'll bring you the latest coming up in a second. >>> also this morning, the people who are insisting that the end of the world is happening today, all this talk abou
. all right. boomie aglietti is our champion. met an attractive swiss girl in new york city. didn't gename, but intelligent young fellow that he is, did what to try and track her down? so i went back to the lobby of the dorm where she lived and i kind of snuck my way in through the--through the guards, and i posted a sign that said, "missing--beautiful french, uh, beautiful swiss girl" in french. and, uh, i left kind of a dummy e-mail address just in case she happened to see it, and she did respond. and then some--for some reason, i moved out of new york. so i don't know why. you're a writer. yeah. yeah. great beginning, lousy ending. terrible, terrible. okay, maas we continue. uh, entertainer's twitter bio for $200, please. first clue in the category... who is charlie sheen? twitter bios for $400. and that's the great humor of jimmy fallon. silas, go again. rtainer's bios for $600. who is o'brien? conan o'brien, yes. twitter for $800. who is kathy griffin? finish the category. who is kim kardashian? pastimes for $200. what is pez? uh, pastimes for $400. take a page from this past
and northern arkansas. ginger zee, abc news, new york. >> temperatures nosedive. some cities bracing for another round of snow. >> for more on the snow and air, we'll turn to meteorologist jim dicky. >> good morning. a cold morning on tap in new england. many spots in single digits. these are the lows here. as we switch over to the highs in the north central portion of the country, only at 9 in minneapolis and bismarck. 14 your high in pierre. arctic air is surging its way out of canada. paula and john, back to you. >> quite colder than 35 here in new york when i was bringing that coffee for you this morning, walking back from the starbucks. >> i appreciate the coffee. thank you. i was just waiting for some snow to accumulate in the city because i've been bribing my children to be on their best behavior so we can make snow angels. >> central park? >> i was like, you have to take a nap. if you wake up early, we eastern not going to go outside because i was anticipating accumulation, but didn't get one. >> playing in central park is awesome. >>> let's talk about a latest terror threat
& flu relief. ♪ no matter what city you're playing tomorrow. [ coughs ] [ male announcer ] you can't let a cold keep you up tonight. ♪ vicks nyquil -- powerful nighttime 6-symptom cold & flu relief. ♪ ♪ >>> just have to get that in there. >> just an understatement to say we enjoy ourselves on the show. >> we do some ridiculous things on the show that we typically regret in hindsight. take a look. some of our most embarrassing moments of 2012. >> joining us, our permanent, permanent, permanent new anchor of "world news now" -- >> settle down. >> i'm so excited because you're from the great city of chicago. everybody, welcome paula faris! ♪ celebrate good times ♪ >> from abc news, this is a special 20th birthday edition of "world news now." >> his liveliness, smoking, sweating, breathing -- >> rob, rob. >> oh, lord have mercy. guess you're right, the president does carry a big stick. today, when we mark national something on a stick day. i'm a pop sickle person. just try a corn dog. >> i'm not putting that in my mouth. >> just the tip. what am i going to do without my ding dong.
the mexican city of monterey. none of the seven people on board survived. the singer's brother was asked how he wanted her to be remembered. >> every which way we can, every which way. the good, the bad, the ugly, the short, the fat, the nice, everything about her was great. >> born and raised in long beach, rivera was one of the stars of the regional music known as grupero music. >> sad story. and a mother of five. >> quite a superstar twitter just blew up. you had people like ricky martden saying they were just shocked and what a loss this was because i think she sort of made history in the sense that she has sold out venues. >> she broke into a real male-dominated area of mexican folk music that didn't have any women superstars or not that many. she definitely broke a lot of ground in that regard. >> what's shocking to me, we hear stories of superstars dying in plane crashes. aliah, remember labamba. >> buddy holly. >> so many. it is odd. >> apparently the wreckage is so bad, even the wreckage isn't identifiable according to mexican transportation minister. >> that's right. she was on boa
a photo, the plane lost an engine panel right after taking off from kansas city, missouri. a passenger snapped this picture with their phone. the pilots circled the airport and then landed the plane safely. it's important to note that. it's not clear yet what caused the panel to just suddenly fall off. a little disconcerting. >> not good. >> no. >>> and we're getting another look at that deadly plane crash in moscow over the weekend. the terrifying moment of impact was captured on the car's dash cam. watch as the plane slams into the side of the highway. sending debris flying. the plane's tire smashed into the car. the only passengers onboard were eight crew members and five of them passed away in that accident. >> incredible video. >>> now to the latest terror plot threat reportedly from al qaeda in yemen, putting a bounty on the heads of a u.s. ambassador there, as well as any american soldier. a video posted on a militant website over the weekend is offering $160,000 for the head of an american ambassador or $23,000 for a soldier. al qaeda in yemen is considered the terror group's m
. >>> in other news, hundreds of schoolteachers plan to attend firearms training today in salt lake city. the 200 teachers come from districts all across utah and volunteered for the concealed weapons training offered each year. organizers say in past years, only a few dozen teachers have attended, but they're expecting an overflow crowd now. >>> to another growing gun controversy over a newspaper's decision to publish the names and addresses of hand gun permit holders. even though the information is a matter of public record, the publication has outraged a lot of readers. they suggest it puts the permit holders in danger because criminals have a guide to places they can steal guns. >> disclosure of the name and home address of every firearms licensee in new york has been a matter of public record for years. >> i may have some neighbors that don't look in favor of gun owners, and may feel threatened. >> how is this for payback? some publicized the home addresses and phone number of the reporter who wrote the piece, along with other journalists at the paper. >> a little payback there. as you saw,
against landmarks here in new york city. prosecutors say the suspect fully intended to carry out the attack, but he didn't have cash on hand. here's abc's andy field. >> reporter: in federal court, prosecutors described the 20-year-old as a suspected lone wolf terrorist inspired by al qaeda. he allegedly traveled to new york city on november 24 as part of a plot to detonate a bomb there. he had not identified a specific target, but those he considered were times square, wall street, city restaurants and theaters. after four days of reas reconnaissan reconnaissance, he returned to miami for additional planning. authorities discovered key bomb making components. according to prosecutors, all he lacked at the time was money. concern about the suspect reached the highest levels of government, with president obama among those briefed. adding to the drama, sources tell abc news, he slipped fbi surveillance to that trip to new york. sources say he had tried to contact overseas radicals, possibly connected to al qaeda. andy field, abc news, washington. >>> the army is beginning an invest
and raging wildfires in australia. that is detailed. >> i think my kids night light in new york city showed up there too. >>> a look at your weather, everybody. rain, mountain snow in the northwest. a chance of showers, denver, des moines, ohio valley, scattered showers in the northeast. coldest air of the season for the northeast. bundle up. >> yes, 39 in boston. 42 in new york. 40s from detroit, to the twin city. pacific norlthwest. >> icicles in there. >>> this time of year the stories are great to see. the kind where people are giving gifts rather than buying them. what? altruism. >> even better when the gifts are given with nothing expected in return. in tennessee, an anonymous donor dropped 48, $100 bills into a red kettle outside a k mart in chattanooga. a note said please give and give generously. >> secret santas busy in the area. last week, some one dropped $3,700 into a red kettle not too far away. >> like the guy in the stores, hand out $100 bills, and this year gave to victims of hurricane sandy. genuine giving. after that black friday madness. nice to see. who ever did it well
zero visibility. in utah, search and rescue teams were called to an avalanche near park city, but searchers say no one was trapped. >> one cancellation, two delays. missed one plane by three minutes. >> reporter: as holiday travel gets under way, more than a foot of snow is expected to blanket cities like des moines and green bay. >> a lot of unexpected wind and a lot of snow. but it's nice out here right now. >> reporter: up and down the west coast, it's cleanup time. wild wind storms took out huge trees from washington to southern california. garcon martinez was in this truck. he's lucky to be alive. >> i seen it was pretty windy and my truck was rattling a little bit. but i never expected a tree to fall on me. >> reporter: high winds knocked out power at the happiest place on earth, putting disneyland in the dark as the cold moved in. should we blame you for this? >> you're going to blame santa this close to christmas? where is my naughty list? >> reporter: the storm is now headed east, and places like chicago, which hasn't seen a significant snowstorm yet this season, is
the size of sodas you can get in new york city. now his other pet issue is, he's donated a lot of money to this, stopping smoking. according to a new york police report, he wants to ban new yorkers from smoking in their own homes. their private residences. this is according to the post here. the community groups are going to be sent out to convince landlords across the city to turn their private buildings into smoke-free zones. this is according to documents obtained by "the new york post." these groups would work with tenants and property managers on smoke-free policies and get a $10,000 bounty. they say we're not going to private residences, they say, but anti-smoking is a big bloomberg crusade. i don't think it's going to get far. >> is he going to go into my fridge and make sure i don't have two liters of soda? >>> we've seen the amazing advances in technology when it comes to our phones. in just six years, ibm is predicting there could be a phone that could smell, hear, taste, touch, all the senses, all five of them. for example, you could experience the silkiness of egyptian cotto
as the snow came down an inch an hour in some cities. now, bitter cold has settled in with temperatures plunging to the single digits and wind chills around 20 below zero. 20 below zero? >> unthinkable. >> my goodness. awe hau >> your monday forecast. mix of rain and snow in northern new england. afternoon rain from boston to d.c. thunderstorms from the ohio valley to new orleans. snow in the northern rockies, scattered showers around seattle. >> mostly 40s in the northwest. just 11 degrees in fargo. 12 in the twin city. dallas hits 48. 60s from new orleans up to boston. >>> well, as jews celebrate chanukah, the menorah was lit. >> the festival of light started saturday night. runs for eight days. jimmy carter attended the first menorah lighting in 1979. >> see how big that is? >> quite a menorah. should be. our national one. >> coming up a christmas coincidence. how a man married into the family of santa claus. >> a great story. want to see this one. first, a devastating disease. now the same technology toed to help heart patients, offering hope with people with alzheimers. you are wat
in several cities, why gun owners were so anxious to get their weapons off their hands. >>> on later this half hour, it was no ordinary christmas carol to say the least. how a funny show put humor aside with an extremely touching rendition of "silent night." a lot of attention on facebook and twitter how "saturday night live" began their program. a moving and fitting tribute there to the victims of this tragedy. >> so rare for "saturday night live." >> i haven't seen anything like that -- i don't think we've seen this national outpouring of emotion since maybe 9/11. it's rising to that level in a lot of ways. >>> but first, president obama is back at the white house this morning after delivering a powerful message during a memorial service in newtown, connecticut. >> there were hugs, tears in a room filled with applause as first responders enter the high school auditorium for last night's interfaith service. hundreds turned out to remember the 20 children and 6 adults killed in last friday's elementary school massacre. and in a very emotional address, the president said simply the co
, there's a company in salt lake city called amendment two, and they manufacture what's body armor for kids, these bullet proof backpacks that they can wear to school. >> i can't believe we're there. >> they said we've sold in the past week what they usually sell in a month. think about that. we'll be back in a moment. [ female announcer ] think coarse facial hair removal has to be painful? challenge that with new olay facial hair removal duo. a two-step process that removes even coarse, stubborn facial hair gently. plenty of gain, without all that pain... with olay. look at these teeth! they're made for meat! [ cat 2 ] do i look like i'm stalking plants? [ male announcer ] most dry foods add plant protein, like gluten but iams never adds gluten. iams adds 50% more animal protein, [ cat 3 ] look at this body! under this shiny coat is a lean, mean purring machine [ cat 4 ] i am too! hahahaha! [ male announcer ] iams. with 50% more animal protein. [ cat 5 ] yum! [ cat 1 ] i'm an iams cat. feed me what i'm born to eat. meow. ♪ >>> being a reporter sometimes means being places where
the term "super bowl"? denver broncos, dallas cowboys, kansas city chiefs, new york jets. >> i knew i was going to get a football question, and i don't know anything about football. meredith: hmm. well, you could jump it or ask the audience if you really have no idea. >> i know what the super bowl is. [laughter] ha ha! meredith: well, that's a start. >> that's a start. ha ha ha! but i think i'm gonna have to jump this question. meredith: ok, question is out of play. you don't have to answer it. let's see the rightsy chiefs. let's see what you jumped over. [audience groans] >> it's ok. meredith: all right. deep breath. >> deep breath. ha ha! meredith: that's always disappointing, but the good news is, by taking that jump, you are one step closer to the million dollars, 9 questions away. still got some big money left on that board, too. "anthems 101" is your category. what is the only color mentioned in the first stanza of "the star-spangled banner"? blue, white, red, green. >> i'm singing the song in my head. the--and i won't sing it to you guys. sorry. ha ha ha! i'm gonna go with b--w
of this city were suddenly dark, leaving 17,000 homes and businesses without power. emergency crews blocked roads to better assess the damage, while the rain continued to pour on the city. >> oh, jesus, look at that tornado. >> reporter: another of the more than a dozen tornadoes in the region damaged several homes in southeast mississippi. several people were injured, luckily none seriously. >> we have a lot of damage, people hurt. >> we've had homes that are 90% destroyed. >> reporter: the christmas day storm is being blamed for a young man's death in houston. he was trying to push aside a downed tree, when another tree snapped and fell on top of him, killing him instantly. blizzard conditions blanketed the midwest and beyond. snowplows had to clear roads as far south as lubbock, texas. interstate 40 near the intersection of i-35 and oklahoma was closed for most of christmas morning after a massive car pileup. freezing rain conditions caused 21 vehicles to crash into one another. several people were taken to the hospital. the storms are only expected to increase in strength as they sweep
are still without power after sunday's storm. >>> the windy city has been anything but windy these days. chicago is in the middle of a warm spell that feels a lot more like june than december. what is the guy doing wearing a packers' jersey downtown. shot up to 70 allowing chicagoans to abandon gear for shirts, t-shirts, bicycles. a little nom is day. cooler today. well above normal the i leave a year ago it's been warmer in chicago than it ever has been. >> nothing like a mild start to winter. that's what i am talking about. enjoy it, chicago, because you know it won't last. >> last winter was mild. >> for chicago standard. for chicago standard. >> for chicago. yes. >>> here's a look at your weather. showers and thunderstorms from houston to cleveland and nashville. the storms are going to move east to atlanta and pittsburgh. rain in the pacific northwest. up to a foot in the rockies, and cascade and sierra range. >> 50s from seattle to billings. 38 in the twin city. 70s across the south. >>> time now for our -- boom -- "favorite story of the day." i do love this. anyone who watches th
exclusively to abc's matt guttmann in guatemala city. >> reporter: after weeks on the lam, software security pioneer, john mcafee has resurfaced in guatemala. where we caught up with him. awe how have you been? [ indiscernible ] an internet legend his name pops up when many open their computer. at one point he was worth $100 million. but in 2009, mcafee took his money and moved to tropical belize, living an eccentric lifestyle on this ocean front compound. then three weeks ago his next door neighbor turned up dead. who do you think killed greg faull? >> how would i know? how would i know? >> reporter: police want him for questioning but the 67-year-old mogul went on the run. for weeks he and his 20-year-old girlfriend lived in closets and even burying himself in the sand and he had disguises. >> i had a cane. i was walking like this. i had my jaw stuffed with toilet paper. >> reporter: but his behavior in hiding quickly brought worldwide attention to him and his sanity. all the while he kept contact with some reporters. >> if i were a mad man -- how could i -- >> reporter: mcafee told abc ne
: the rebels have taken the fight to syria's biggest cities, battling assad's strong holds, his palace in damascus, while fighters have overrun one of the largest military bases outside the city of aleppo. american officials fear the likelihood of assad using chemical weapons is rising. they say they have proof they've been prepared. we went to meet a man who shares those fears. driving along a dark back country road near turkey's border with syria. he told us that until 2008, he was a chief of staff in the chemical weapons program. he said he worked on the defense side, in charge of preparing troops for dealing with attacks and safety equipment. what specific chemical weapons does the assad regime have? he said they have mustard gas, along with a highly toxic nerve agent, vx, sarin and tabun. the regime has started to fall and deteriorate, he argues. it's highly possible assad will start using chemical weapons to kill his own people. >> i think it's a last-ditch effort and one they don't want to use but are considering it. >> reporter: if the regime crumbles, the u.s. fears the weapon
of the national rifle association, and new york city michael bloomberg standing with victims of gun violence, there is one issue to confront -- access to guns. >> this is just ridiculous. this is an outrage. we are killing each other. and we're the only industrialized country in the world doing it. >> reporter: proposals being pushed in congress include reinstating the ban on certain types of semiautomatic rifles, which expired in 2004. and banning high capacity magazines. even some gun stalwarts such as west virginia democratic senator joe manchin sounded a bit more compromising. >> i don't know anyone in the sporting or hunting arena that goes out with an assault rifle. i don't know anybody that needs 30 rounds in a clip to go hunting. >> reporter: white house officials say the president does not only view this tragedy through the lens of access to guns, but education and a violent popular culture. while the president has occasionally talked about gun control -- >> weapons that were designed for soldiers in war theaters don't belong on the streets. >> reporter: action is a different matter
. lysol. mission for health. ♪ >>> this story will not upset anybody. according to tmz, the l.a. city attorney is planning to file documents asking the judge to revoke lindsay lohan's probation and put her behind bars. prosecutors are now out for blood and they want her probation revoked because of criminal charges filed against her in santa monica stemming from her car accident. city attorneys don't need to do much. the judge can act on her authority alone. she's set to be arraigned today on three misdemeanor accounts including lying to the cops, obstruction. she could be locked up by the judge later today. no one shedding a tear. i can imagine. but hey, she did it to herself. can't sweat it. >> poor thing might do her some good. >>> so george w. bush, former president, now going to have a new title. grand daddy. his daughter jenna bush is expecting her first child. she's 31. her husband, henry, who is 34. they've been married four years. they live in manhattman hat. -- manhattan. last month, she described herself as a home sick texan living in new york. so he's very excited. and als
. i love the fact that new york city has a subway system. but every time i'm putting my back against the wall. >> you're not the only one. there are people now that are watching their back. we don't know who the person next to you is, and who knows what can happen? >> who would do that? >>> well, union dock workers who keep all the cargo working in those busy sea ports are threatening to go on strike. a walkout could close ports from houston to boston. it would cripple shipping operations, and of course, impact the economy as early as next week. the union has been work without a contract since september and as many as 14,000 workers could hit the picket line starting this sunday. >>> big retailers have agreed to recall baby recliners which have a deadly defect. 150,000 nap nanny infant recliners are being blamed for at least five deaths and dozens of reports of babies falling, as well. the recliners have been on sale for about four years, and retailers agreed to this recall after the manufacturer went out of business. parents should return it for a refund. >>> a florida dad is angry
city. 53, colorado springs. 23 in fargo. 40s from omaha to new york. >>> here is one that brings to mind the phrase -- what are they going to think of next? an inventer in or gun has done something, come up with tt -- the doggy doorbell. >> ah, the brain child of keith gin who says he came up with the idea after his dog, bebl, ruined the doors by scratching them every time he needed to go outside to handle his business. >> business. >> he trained the degree to ring the bell. and now, voila, no more scratching. >> that is brilliant. so successful he is looking to expand to door bells for cats. not kidding. maybe he should put the door bells for the cats in the litter box. >> brilliant though. >> great idea. >> really smart. that's what you need one good invention in your life. set all you need. one good one. >> every dog owner, going why didn't i think of that president? >> what did you say, will ills? >> what is your excuse? >> so critical. >> i have an idea. i wanted you to get willis fired. that's my idea. coming up, your tv cable box that can tell if you are messing around get
's the city's first snowstorm of the season. many are bracing for more to come. >> if you wanted a white christmas, there you go. >>> the gulf coast is even bracing for the worst. >> including some christmas week tornadoes, believe it or not. andrew has the latest now from accuweather. >> while most of the nation will be relatively tranquil for the holidays, we're tracking one disturbance that will give us unsettled weather across portions of the gulf coast. late tonight, the houston area, we'll see thunderstorms popping up, spreading eastward throughout your christmas tuesday. louisiana, mississippi, alabama, georgia, interstates 10 and 20, torrential downpours, the threat for tornadoes. so a very destructive storm system on this saturday. the highest threat for tornadoes we are looking at around new orleans, mobile, right along interstate 10 and the western panhandle of florida. so definitely be on alert throughout christmas tuesday. we're looking for good snow across portions of the plain. >>> here's the rest of your christmas eve forecast. last-minute shoppers in boston and chicago c
have been able to stop him. >> we don't want to turn our schools into dodge cities. >> reporter: at least one school district in new jersey placed armed guards in each school over the governor's objection. >> you don't want to make this an armed camp for kids. i don't think that's a positive example. >> such an interesting debate. you feel like we have to do something to prevent another tragedy like the one we saw in newtown. but folks say you don't want to make campuses feel like police states. and can schools afford these days to put armed patrolman in every campus? or every door and school. you don't know where it's going to go from here. >> most people agree on the idea of high magazine clips. why would you need 50 rounds. but most people agree on new gun control after newtown, gun sales skyrocketing. one store in virginia saying they've been off the charts. they've never seen anything like that before. just within the last week. >> watching the head of the nra give that press conference on friday and subsequent interview over the weekend, he said we're open to all solutions
. philadelphia and many cities in the northeast got a few inches of snow, but it won't last long due to a coming meltdown. >> it's part of a system that snarled traffic and delayed airline passengers. as abc's alex perez reports. >> reporter: blankets of snow from central new york to northern california, creating christmas chaos for some parts of the country. >> we're hoping we don't sit on the runway. we did that the last time. >> reporter: in chicago, paula and her three daughters arrived early for their christmas eve flight. they are among the millions taking to the crowded skies. >> come on, we just want to get there. come on. we're going to be late, come on, come on. >> it's really annoying. >> reporter: it's not just in the air, on the roads holiday travel is up 1.6% this year, some 84.4 million americans getting behind the wheel. another 5.6 million traveling by plane. >> it's the most people traveling for the holiday in six years. that means any bad weather we might be seeing could result in serious disruptions. >> reporter: expect to see those disruptions wednesday, the day after christ
snow in the cascades. and sierra nevada. >> 40s from seattle to san francisco, 20s from the twin cities to kansas city. and 30s for the midwest and northeast. >>> moving to the other big story, president obama and top lawmakers meet at the white house today on the fiscal cliff. whether they'll be able to reach a compromise is still an open question, but just in case, speaker john boehner has called house members to a rare sunday session. here's abc's jonathan karl with more. >> reporter: president obama cut short his hawaiian vacation, rushing back to washington where storm clouds, real storm clouds are gathering over the capitol. instead of deal making, it's name calling. the top democrat in the senate, accusing the republican speaker of the house of running a dictatorship. they say they haven't given up, but it sounds that way. >> i don't know time wise how it can happen now. >> here we are, once again, at the end of the year, staring at a crisis we should have dealt with literally months ago. >> reporter: without an agreement soon, nearly everybody takes a hit. a schoolteacher with t
barreling across the city, lightning flashing inside like giant christmas ornaments. >> wow! look at that. >> reporter: at least 15 reported twisters spawned by a storm marching all the way from california. the tornadoes triggering these explosions, tossing trailers. >> we've got a lot of damage, people hurt. >> we've had homes that are 90% destroyed. >> reporter: the midtown area of mobile fully blacked out, lit only by the lights of police cruisers. this morning, about 20,000 mobile residents are still without power. over 100,000 across the state. dazed residents pick through debris as rescue workers search for people trapped in the rubble. the punishing wind mangling the graceful homes. matt gutman, abc news, mobile, alabama. >>> early on christmas day, a houston area man died after a tree fell right on his pickup truck. strong winds apparently brought the tree down and crushed the 25-year-old victim. he was trying to move another tree that fell when he was hit. winds brought down power lines leaving thousands in the park. as abc's mark greenblatt reports, this storm dumped snow just t
. >>> here's your wednesday weather. rain from salt lake city to helena. a foot of snow in the rockies. cascade, sierra, nevada. a big cool down in the midwest. scattered showers and thunderstorms from new orleans to atlanta and d.c. >> 50s in the northeast. 40s in the midwest. denver hovers near 70, which is 25 degrees above normal. not bad. enjoy it, folks. >>> probably the most recognizable sign in the nation is back. looking exactly the same as the it did before its makeover. talking about the famous hollywood sign, of course. >> its nine-week, $175,000 spruce-up is officially over. and considering it's the sign's biggest cleanup job in 30 years, we must say it's fantastic, don't you think? >> marvelous as they like to say. >> how is that again? >> marvelous. billy crystal character. >> i know. >> bravo to sherwin williams, donated the 900 gallons of paint that was slapped on. nice work out there. the sign looks as good as ever. >> quick little factoid. when it originally went up in 1929 it said hollywoodland. the famous letters, they're 45 feet tall, 350 feet long. >> really. have
in the midwest and rockies. 27 in fargo. 37 in the twin cities. >> i like your fargo accent. >> it was bad. >>> even though it's now 12-13, we can't get enough of this 12-12-12 stuff from yesterday. so that is why this is our -- boom -- "favorite story of the day." takes us to a sixth grade classroom in rural central wisconsin where three classmates celebrated their, yeah, 12th birthday on 12-12-12. >> abby and gabby and simon marked their big day sharing cupcakes with juice with all their family and friends. everyone was showing their green bay packer spirit. not only was it 12-12-12, it was also aaron rodgers day in wisconsin. he wears number 12, so there you have it. all about aaron rodgers. >> it was a cool date, though. and we will not live to see the next repetitive date, 1-1-2101, 88 years away. so it's good we got one under our belt. because we'll be in another place, a better place. >> who knows, you might be living. >> nothing in my gene pool suggests that. >>> coming up, britney spears is number one on a brand-new list. >> and a new top for new york's number one landmark. a cons
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